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Sense and Sensuality

We humans are blessed with an abundance of senses, but should we indulge them?

sensualityWe humans have a multitude of senses including sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch which are the five traditionally recognized or primary senses, and in addition we also have other senses referred to as extra sensory perception or ESP that science does not agree on. But schools are still out on any actual definition of exactly what sense is, and sensuality is simply the use of our senses.

The burning question is how much of our lives should be governed by and how much we should indulge or senses?


Most of us indulge our eyes in the beauty of the world, this is considered perfectly normal and is encouraged as it inspires wonder and creative thinking. This has supported development the development of the sciences and is considered to be good for our soul to look on things pleasurable.


Essential for communication and negotiating our world, and is considered to be good for our soul to listen to things we find pleasurable which again is considered perfectly normal and is encouraged as it inspires wonder and creative thinking..

Taste and smell

These are acquired senses that help us determine what to eat and how to manage our environment. Taste and smell are for many, life’s greatest pleasures that may be freely indulged in and taste especially is used as a substitute for elements missing in life and leads to eating disorders, however it is socially approved.


This sense is highly controversial, we touch in order to help define our world, yet touch for pleasure has many connotations and is regulated in some societies because touch is a strong element of human communication which is also regulated.

Humanity is divided by geographic borders, political and social classes. There are those who enjoy indulging in sensual pleasure, others attempt to live austere lives of sensual deprivation. Research has shown that sensual deprivation is detrimental to not only human health, but the health of any mammalian species. Sense deprivation and manipulation is used as a torture by the US military and other forces.

What’s wrong with touch for pleasure?

Everyone loves touch, it’s nurturing and healing, it carries communication between people and yet touch for pleasure is seen by so many as wrong because it may lead to sexual arousal and activity. Some societies see it as something to be regulated against and those caught indulging incarcerated.

Such fear is the result of an inability to be fully human and to those quoting the gospels, any negativity surrounding the human body and our desire to experience pleasure is added by the authors. Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and other iconic figures never said to avoid sensual pleasure. Such words have been added by social/political commentators for reasons arising from their own suffering.

Empathy and Compassion
Empathy and compassion are not considered to be senses, yet many lack these important human functions as they have been suppressed or failed to develop. Without empathy and compassion, we fail to be human.

Why Indulge any sense?

Like the old saying, ‘if you don’t use it, you loose it’. If we don’t look, we become blind, if we don’t listen we become deaf, if we don’t taste we suffer bad food and poor health, if we don’t smell, we lose human functionality. If we don’t touch we become isolated and this is the world we live in today.

“Life is the sum of all your choices”.
Work using an innovative experimental design in humans and rats
shows that many of the errors in those choices come from the senses,
not from cognition.”
The philosopher Albert Camus

Socially we are encouraged to indulge all our senses except touch, and especially avoid sexual touch.  However sexologists, researchers, relationship counsellors,  holistic healers and people dealing with human failure think that indulgence in touch is restorative and vital to human health.

Those affiliated by infertility,  relationship problems, chronic illnesses all improve with some form of touch therapy and in the area of human relationships, sensual touch is restorative for  relationships and sexual performance.

By indulging in one sense, the other senses cry out and when all five senses are alive, our ESP becomes clearer and more useful. Elements like telepathy and fore knowledge are awakened and the truth of life more apparent making life choices easier.  Honesty and integrity become normal as personal and social ethics are strengthened by using all our senses.

In the book Sense and sensibility, Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure where Oscar Wilde asks why did God place us in a world full of pleasures if we aren’t meant to pursue them all? In this imaginative dialogue, Oscar Wilde asks Jesus Christ to respond to this question about critical lifestyle choices. Their talk vividly illustrates the arguments for both sensual pleasure-seeking “and “moral moderation.

A famous playwright, dramatist, poet, critic, Oscar Wilde openly defied the mores of Victorian society. His literary repartee fuelled an ‘if it feels good, do it’ humanistic philosophy that is still prevalent in the world today and the book is considered essential reading for any teenager.

In the delightful book and movie Babettes Feast,  Babette comes to live in a small highly austere village and her gift demonstrates how the senses of taste and smell help breathe new life into the villagers.  If you’ve been suffering in some way and had a therapeutic massage and felt the relief, you will understand, but will you dare to indulge in sensual touch?

Further reading
What is sensual massage and is it right for you?
The female body
Living the naked life
Naked yoga

Breasts in society
The senses on wikipedia

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